Social & Spiritual Book Club

What: Sakinah’s Social and Spiritual program is a monthly book club and session of remembrance

When: First Friday of the month

Where: Location TBC – Within the North NJ area (Address will be shared by email)

Text: Our Master Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, his Sublime Character & Exalted Attributes : Vol 1 by Shaykh 'Abdallah Sirajuddin al-Husayni – translated by Khalid Williams

Instructor: Ustadh Ebad Ur Rahman

Zaytuna Institute - Seminary Program

NYU - B.A. (Islam in America)

Columbia - PhD (expected 2019)

Abu Hurayra reported from Abu Sa’id al-Khudri that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “There are no people who remember Allah without the angels surrounding them, mercy covering them, tranquility (sakinah) descending on them, and Allah mentioning them to those who are with Him.”

[Muslim, al-Tirmidhi]

“Read, In the name of your Lord Who created man from a clot. Read! and your Lord is the Most Honorable. Who taught by the pen. Taught man what he knew not.”

(Qur’an 96:1-5 )

“And say: My Lord, increase me in knowledge.”

(Qur’an 20:114)

‘You should not neglect your time or use it haphazardly; on the contrary, you should bring yourself to account, structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and specific function. This is how to bring out the spiritual blessing [baraka] in each period. But if you leave yourself adrift, aimlessly wandering as cattle do, not knowing how to occupy yourself at every moment, your time will be lost. It is nothing other than your life, and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach perpetual felicity in the proximity of God the Exalted. Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved. Do not be like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens. What good is an increase in wealth when life grows even shorter? Therefore, be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children, and friends stay behind.’

Imam al-Ghazali - may Allah’s mercy be on him

Sakinah Institute welcomes you to a monthly book club gathering focusing on knowledge and spirituality. The book club aims to create an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the deen through reading and thoughtful discussion. These discussions are led by Ustadh Ebad ur Rahman.

Sakinah’s Social and Spiritual program is a monthly book club and session of remembrance.

The discussion focuses around the book ‘Our Master Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, his Sublime Character & Exalted Attributes : Vol 1 by Shaykh 'Abdallah Sirajuddin al-Husayni – translated by Khalid Williams.

Modern times have made it even more important that Muslims acquaint themselves with their Prophet ﷺ not only for the sake of their personal spiritual development, but also for the sake of the religion as a whole. There has perhaps never been a time when the world was more in need of an authentic depiction of the Best of Creation ﷺ. ‘Our Master Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ is a unique work discussing the noble qualities and characteristics of the Final Prophet ﷺ in a way that is infused with love and devotion. In the first volume of this book, the author depicts all the fine attributes of our Prophet ﷺ with respect to his physical beauty, his eloquence and wisdom, his exalted status, his sublime character, and his mercy ﷺ.

This incredible expression of Prophetic love was written by the scholar of Aleppo, Imam ‘Abdallah Sirajuddīn al-Husayni (ra), who was not only a Hafiz, a leading scholar of Hadith and exegete of the Qur’an, but also a true Saint, referred to by scholars as ‘The Pole of Prophetic Love of our Times’. His book is the product of true scholarship and virtue.

Attendees are requested to purchase the book for these sessions.

The sessions and discussions will be led by Ustadh Ebadur Rahman. Ebad memorized the Qur'an at the age of 15, while a sophomore at Stuyvesant High School. After graduating high school in 2004, Ebad enrolled in Zaytuna Institute's pilot seminary program and studied there with respected scholars Imam Zaid Shakir, Qari Amar Bellaha, Shaykh Abdur Rahman Tahir (God have mercy on him), Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, and Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali. He graduated from seminary in 2008 and then spent another four years completing an undergraduate degree at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, concentrating on Islam in America.

He is currently a PhD candidate in the Religion department at Columbia University, with an interest in Quranic exegesis and scholarly debates within the contemporary American Muslim community.